Wigan On Verge Of Signing Ali Al-Habsi From Bolton Wanderers

Reebok Stadium star set to return to the DW Stadium.

Wigan Athletic are on the verge of permanently signing Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi in a £4million deal.

The 29-year-old impressed while on-loan at the DW Stadium last season with the Latics boss Roberto Martinez keen to acquire his services this summer.

It now looks like an agreement has been reached and the paperwork could be signed in the next 24 hours.

It will represent a good move for all parties, given Al Habsi had little chance of ousting Jussi Jaaskelainen at the Reebok Stadium.

“We could easily have kept him but I have to be fair to Ali,” said Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

“It is good business. If that is concluded, we will wish him well.

“He did well at Wigan last year and they have tried to secure his services.”

But England defender Gary Cahill did return to training with Bolton despite huge speculation over his future, with Arsenal favourites to sign him.

“Gary has been the subject of speculation every day, probably to the point he is frustrated by it,” added Coyle.

“I have been very open. Some of the elite clubs in this country have noted their interest.

“But there has been nothing concrete. Until that changes, Gary is a Bolton player.”

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